Samsung Galaxy Alpha announced: the first metal Samsung phone

Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha today, their first phone to use their new metal design language. The phone looks like a cross between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a large screen, 6.7mm thick chamfered metal frame and dimpled plastic removable back.

It’s pretty impressive inside as well. There’s a 4.7″ display, a 12-megapixel camera, 1860mAh battery and a quad or octa-core Samsung Exynos processor. The phone has a few downsides compared to the more expensive Galaxy S5 flagship though, including no removable storage (although 32 GB of internal space is provided standard), no waterproofing and a 720p screen.

For the most part though, the Galaxy Alpha looks like a better phone than the S5. While the metal used here doesn’t make for as good a design as the iPhone 5S or the HTC One M8. Still, it’s a step in the right direction for Samsung, who have pledged to use new and higher quality materials in a drive to turn around their flagging sales figures in the past few months.

We’ll have a full range of cases and covers for the Galaxy Alpha. It’ll be important to prevent scratches on that new metal section, so we forsee small and tight-fitting covers to be a popular item. In addition to cases, we’ll also try to provide a good level of accessories for the new Galaxy Alpha phone.

The sim-free Galaxy Alpha is available for pre-order at Mobile Fun now, with an expected release date of September and a price of £499.

We’ll announce cases and other accessories for the device as we add them to our store, so stay tuned to the Mobile Fun blog. You can hear about new articles and accessories via our Twitter (@mobilefun) or Facebook (Love Your Mobile). Thanks for checking out the blog and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!